May 28, 2013

Nagaon Beach- Mini Goa...??


I was roaming around in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and was on my way back to Mumbai when I casually asked my auto rickshaw driver if there were any beautiful places to see around. He named a few places, most of which I had already visited and the rest were too far. The last place to pop out of his mouth was Nagaon beach. He called it Mini Goa and when I enquired for the reason, he was quick to mention about the water sport facilities and other activities there. Nagaon beach is also the third most popular beach in Raigad  after Alibaug and Kashid. No second thoughts and I headed there.

I was not convinced about the mini Goa tag even as I got out of the rickshaw and walked to the shady trees. That is something I loved at the first sight. Lots of trees where you can sit under and stare at those blue waters. Blue waters? When I had a closer look, the water was not all that blue. It was murky and brown, at least the water that waved into the sandy beach was. This is something that I found in Alibaug beach too. Probably it is because of summers and the water had receded a bit.


It was mid noon and those trees were the apt place to sit, sip a beer and enjoy the vistas (Beer being easily available near the beach could be another reason for the tagline). The clear blue sky, the long and expansive sands, the blue waters in the distance and the odd para-sailor/ camel/ horse cart made for a lovely landscape. The beach is quite long and the waters are quite far off. The sand displayed different shades from white to dark chocolate across the beach. The distinguished colouring made the beach look all the more attractive. The brown sands blended so beautifully with the blue sky. Undoubtedly it is the sands that attracted me more than the waters on this beach. The place also seemed quite free of litter. Sunset on the expansive Nagaon beach would definitely be a mind soothing experience.




As my driver had mentioned, the beach indeed had a lot of activities like para-sailing over the waters, horse carts for the kids, camel rides and water scooters. Surprisingly for a hot and humid day there were quite a few people exploring the beach. The beating sun made me sit under the trees and those activities had to be given a miss. Evenings would be the ideal time to explore those vast sands, the low tides and you can finish off with a camel ride. After enjoying the lovely landscapes for a couple of hours I was back in the rickshaw.




The mini Goa tagline might not be very appropriate for Nagaon beach but the glimpses of it being one very soon is definitely there. Though there are no shacks right on the beach, a few of them are there just before you enter the sands. As far as activities are concerned, they did remind me a bit of Baga and Calangute. Travellers from Mumbai can now think beyond Alibaug and Kashid for their weekend options.

Signing Note- Definitely a mini Goa in the making...!!

Route- Alibaug- Akshi- Nagaon
Distance- 10 Kms

58 comments:

  1. I have been to Nagaon ages back, as part of a college trip.. the only thing i remember from that trip are the rocks, the sand and the sea! it was much cleaner then, though (that was almost 20 years back!) but there were no water sports at all... and it was also empty.. just the 20 of us on this vast, never ending beach!!! thanks for bringing back memories!

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    1. The beach would have been very secluded those days. Must have been a great experience. Glad that I could re-kindle your memories.

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  2. Glad you asked the auto driver and ended up at such a scenic place!

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    1. Absolutely, would have missed out otherwise for sure.

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  3. Great looking beach with trees on the shore.

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  4. Mini Goa in the making !! hmmm!! I should thank you for sharing your experiences in writing and through the clicks !! Nice place although the snaps do indicate it will take quite a lot to be Goa :)

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    1. Goa is a far off, but definitely glimpses are there. Glad that you liked it.

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  5. it is totally mini Goa!!!...i love the trees area there...and some more facts...that would help anyone goin ther...the sleeping bumper ride is available only here...not even in Goa..and for food the 2nd last shack just near the sea, has total yummy food!!..:D

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    1. I too loved the trees. Missed out on the food there.

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  6. Its beautiful, thank you for the informative post. The pictures are so enticing especially when I am trying to plan a beach vacation.

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  7. In few years it will be ! Just make the alcohol non-taxable :-)

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  8. Beautiful! But am in Bangalore :( Will plan this when am in Mumbai.

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  9. very nice photos.. will visit it for para sailing when i go there. thanks for sharing

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  10. Looks like an Interesting Place.

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  11. That is a beach with a character of its own. The sand IS pretty eye-catching. Not quite a Goan Beach (as yet) says the Goa expert, eh? ;)
    Nice to know about Nagaon Beach. Thankoo. :)Great pics too.

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    1. Thanks Divya. Yeah, I fell for its sands. Who is the Goan expert? Haha. :) Not me for sure.

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    2. To me, you are. :)
      The next time I'm going that side -- I was thinking -- I'd talk to you. Honest. :)

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    3. Thanks Divya. Am yet to cover half of Goa, but shall definitely help you out with whatever information I have. :)

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  12. what better experience then to enjoy calm sea water, peacefully sitting under a tree with some eatable or drink (like in ur case) and may be a good novel. :)
    loved seeing Nagaon beach thru ur eyes :)

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    1. Thanks a lot. Glad that you liked it. To sit like that would make even a hot afternoon a blissful one.

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  13. I am not a beach person but sometimes it is nice to watch the waves crashing the rocks! Good post Niranjan!

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  14. the beach looks quite expansive for sure....and in the winters i would love to be here :)

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    1. Winters would be the apt time of the year to visit this beach.

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  15. Great shots! A new place to me.

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  16. Great pictures of a wonderful place.......

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  17. Thank you for introducing me to the Mini Goa so close to home! Brilliant pictures! This place looks like a must visit especially or someone like me who has never been Goa!

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  18. Beautiful place. Would have to visit soon :)

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    1. Glad tat you liked it. Head there soon.

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  19. Beautiful post! I love those vast expanse of trees, must try and visit this sometime.

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  20. Looks a perfect holiday destination.... Lovely pictures....

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  21. I believe with more exposure...it will soon catch up with the tag of mini goa..

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  22. Excellent pictures as well. Some of the pictures managed to bring the place alive for the readers. Thanks for sharing it. Keep travelling the places and do share your experiences with us.See more information about How To Reach there .

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  23. So much lovely spot to get a great experience of summer holidays and adventure activities.

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  24. Fabulous shots Niranjan!... though it's not really resembling Goa... but we never know the change in coming few years...
    Cheers!!!

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